Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #54

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from Thief (Love Me With Lies #3) by Tarryn Fisher:

Teasers: You keep them fed, or they'll take you out. Like Gremlins.

Have you read this series? I've never seen so much dysfunction in relationships.
Share a teaser from something you're reading.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dirty Red - Review

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2)

By: Tarryn Fisher

Published: December 21, 2012

229 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Dear Opportunist,

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he's mine I'll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn't ever think about you anymore. I won't let him go....ever.

Dirty Red

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn't. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.
Man, oh man. I don't think I've ever read a book where I despised the main character THIS MUCH! Leah is a red-headed, spoiled, selfish brat of a woman. And she has learned the art of manipulation going all the way back to her childhood.

She's lied, cheated, lied some more and finally has snagged the guy of her dreams, Caleb Drake. She fights dirty to keep what she views as hers. They've been together for five years, had many ups and downs (okay maybe more downs than ups) but everything about her and their relationship is built on lies. Now she's stuck with a baby she doesn't want, and is fighting to keep up appearances to save her marriage. She can't lose the one good thing she has.

Caleb is no saint either. The problem is that he thought he could forget and move on from the one girl who stole his heart and soul. He settled for someone that wasn't her after she left him, three times. The person he has become is not someone he recognizes.

This story is told primarily from the POV of Leah and it alternates from events in the past and events in the present. What unfolds just makes you cringe even deeper. If you enjoyed The Opportunist then this story will give you a glimpse into the not so glamorous other woman.

Favorite Quotes:
I was a sidewalk toss away - a grimy piece of metal stuck to the bottom of the cup holder, couch cushions, old wallets and under the fridge between a shriveled grape and an unidentified hair - that was me.

"You are the single most offensive woman I have ever met, you know that?"

Final Rating - 3.5 stars

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Post #74

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book cover to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each cover.

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Buy Link: Amazon ($4.99)

Remembrance (Transcend Time Saga #1) by Michelle Madow
Buy Link: Amazon (FREE!)


Review - Toxic (Ruin #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Teaser Tuesday #53 featuring teasers from Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2) by Tarryn Fisher

Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2) by Tarryn Fisher

I am the Yearbook Chair for my daughter's elementary school and this Monday is our deadline for submitting the book for our proof copy. The last couple of weeks have been slam packed meeting deadlines and working hard to finish the book. It's done finally. Maybe I can get back to my normal schedule of reading and blogging as posts have been lacking lately here on my blog with most of my "free" time devoted to the yearbook.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #53

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teaser come from Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2) by Tarryn Fisher:

Teasers: This was the way into his heart. I played his compassion, and I played his need to protect things that were broken and lost.

Man - if you want a character to despise, this chick is way too perfect for the role!

Share your teaser with me!
Leave it in comment or leave a link to your TT post.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Toxic - Review

Toxic (Ruin #2)

By: Rachel Van Dyken

Published: March 4, 2014

340 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Everyone has a secret... 

Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him--obsess over him--driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice. 
But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever. 
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the most. But if anyone ever discovered the truth it wouldn't just be his life at risk--but hers. 

Saylor doesn't hate men. 
Just Gabe. 
Only Gabe. 
He's a reckless, happy-go-lucky, silver spoon fed pain in her ass. Everything about him makes her more and more confused. Unfortunately they both donate time at the same Group Home. If she wasn't afraid of flunking, she'd be long gone. She hates that she's attracted to him almost as much as he hates that he's attracted to her--and she can tell, especially since their first encounter ended up making her knees so weak she couldn't form coherent sentences for weeks afterwards. But the closer she gets to him, the more confused she becomes. He isn't who he says he is, and he's hiding something big. 

What happen when two worlds collide? Two worlds that never should have met in the first place? Some secrets are too big to be hidden forever--the only question? Will his destroy everyone he loves? Or finally bring about the redemption he's been craving for the past four years? 

Everyone has a secret...What's yours?
Gabe is a twenty-two year old man who is wearing many masks. Depending on who knows him, he would answer to 2 or 3 different names. 2 very different lives. 2 very different personalities. One of which he is trying his best to keep hidden. But after four years, he is exhausted of pretending, of pasting on a smile when he feels anything but smiling, and of not letting anyone in. Even his best friend Wes. He's carrying a load of grief and responsibility someone his age shouldn't have to carry.

Saylor is a college freshman who is a music major. She is a pianist but she is missing a huge part of what it means to make music - emotion and passion, telling a story through her playing. She has all the mechanics down quite perfectly. But playing in front of an audience and actually putting feeling in her music is not something she can do. But she's gone to college to succeed so she can help support her Mom who is a single parent, and her 15 year old brother who has Downs.

Gabe and Saylor meet before one of Saylor's two hour practice sessions and immediately have a sizzling encounter. He is cocky and arrogant and she is nervous and way less experienced. Who is this tattooed pierced bad-boy and how is it that his music is so deep and meaningful? His exterior clearly doesn't match what she hears coming from the piano he is abusing. Their meeting is brief yet hot. It's not until a couple of weeks later that she runs into him again when she goes to meet a classmate for a project. And an immediate love/hate relationship ensues.

As with Ruin #1 I felt some great emotion coming from Gabe. He is a broken person and is carrying guilt from one very bad decision which has affected his life for the last four years. When he finally starts to open up and start the healing process, it's beautiful and sad and heart breaking. And Saylor - she is one secure, strong woman. How refreshing to have a lead character not be insecure of her feelings for someone else - but to the extent to which she shows her love is admirable.

Favorite Quotes: (choosing my top 5 favorites was incredibly tough!!)
"And you, little girl, better be careful. You're dangerously close to getting me to fall for you, and I don't do relationships, I do girls."

"Odd means I stand out. It's an unintelligent way of saying I'm unique, different, special, one of a kind. Odd means in a lineup of twenty guys, your eyes would still find mine."

"Love has no time table, no rules. It is what it is..."

"How often do you think we write our own ending before the story is even finished? How often do we give up on ourselves when our lives are just starting? Things get hard and we immediately back away and assume that means we're going in the wrong direction, doing the wrong thing. If anything, when the waters get thick, that's our sign to keep going."

...when I said love - I meant I bled for you. When the word love actually leaves my lips - I'm speaking it into existence. I'm empowering my soul - I'm joining with yours.

Final Rating - 4 stars

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Post #73

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and new from their week.

Click on the book cover to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each cover.

Anathema (Casual Enchantment #1) by K.A. Tucker
Buy Link: Amazon (FREE!)

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2) by Tarryn Fisher
Buy Link: Amazon ($.99 deal!)

Thief (Love Me With Lies #3) by Tarryn Fisher
Buy Link: Amazon ($.99 deal!)

Red at Night by Katie McGarry
Buy Link: Amazon (FREE!)


Teaser Tuesday #52 featuring teasers from Toxic (Ruin #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

ARC Thursday Review - Sempre (Forever Series #1) by J.M. Darhower

From Books to Movies, Take 3: Divergent Movie Review

Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday 
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow 
Planned Posts:
Review - Toxic (Ruin #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
ARC Thursday Review - TBD

Not much to share this week. My daughter was unfortunately not released from wearing her boot for another week, BUT she was released to wear a bionic ankle brace so she can play her 2 softball games this week. As our first baseman she was sorely missed during last week's game. Getting her to run though, even in the brace, will be interesting.

Oh and guess what is even MORE exciting than ankle braces and softball?! There's 34 days of school left (not including weekends)!!  Whoop! Whoop! My 6th grader and 4th grader are beyond excited - as am I. We are ready for summer break!

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week!

Friday, April 4, 2014

From Books to Movies, Take 3: Divergent Movie Review

(Please note: the above image was found at Bobbins and Books.)

For this edition of From Books to Movies I'm going to feature my review of the Divergent movie.

Release Date: March 21, 2014 (USA)
Director: Neil Burger
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Adapted from: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Movie Website: http://divergentthemovie.com/

~My Review~

The Main Characters:
Tris (Beatrice Prior) - played by Shailene Woodley
I admit that I wasn't a huge fan of Shailene during her days on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. I also realize those were some of her earlier acting days and she has worked at and perfected her craft as an actress since then, so I don't hold my opinion of her acting then against her acting now. Quite the opposite actually. I was blown away by her role of Tris. Tris is a well loved book heroin for her mental strength, tenacity and courage. Shailene brought Tris to life on the big screen and her portrayal of Tris was very touching. During two particularly emotional scenes in the movie her performance gripped me and I was very much in the moment with her character, feeling what Tris was experiencing, bringing me to tears.

Four - played by Theo James
(Excuse me while I wipe drool from my mouth). Sometimes the leads picked for a book-to-movie adaptation leave us with a meh feeling. Many times because we love our book characters so much we learn to like/love the actor portraying them even if they weren't what we envisioned (i.e. Edward, Dimitri, Jace Wayland). Or we whine and complain about everything they do wrong for the character. Not so with Theo James!!! He perfectly embodied the restrained power that Four exhibits. His serious, quiet and masculine demeanor, his untouchable aloof air (early on), and his sexy vibe - ALL of it he nailed! Honestly, he enriched Four even more than how he is written. He was PERFECT!

Some of my Favorite Side Characters:
Jeanine Matthews - played by Kate Winslet
Shrewd, cold, calculating, deceitful - Kate was perfect as this villain! 

Eric - played by Jai Courtney
He is the perfect amount of douche for the tattooed, pierced douchebag he is in the book! I wanted to throw him off the ledge!

Christina - played by Zoe Kravitz
Small and fierce with an attitude to match - she played Christina perfectly!

Tori- played by Maggie Q
I loved Maggie in Nikita. She is a fantastic actress and portrays a fierce warrior even before there's a battle.

Natalie Prior (mom of Tris) - played by Ashley Judd
Humble, graceful, and strong - Ashley was beautiful as the Mom of Tris!

Characters I'm Not So Sure About:
Caleb Prior (brother to Tris) - played by Ansel Elgort
He definitely got the arrogant and sneaky vibe down, but I'm not entirely sure how I feel about his portrayal of Caleb - yet.

Marcus Eaton - played by Ray Stevenson
This was the only role casting that my jury is still out on. Marcus becomes a much bigger role player in book two, so I look forward to seeing what he brings to the movie Insurgent.

It's been a long time since I read Divergent, so every detail is not fresh in my mind. I had one friend tell me the color of a certain room was different than the book. Say what?! Those kind of minor insignificant details don't stick with me and sure don't bother me in a movie. On a high level what I remembered to be big parts or major scenes leading up to the plot were all included in the movie. I'm sure there were some liberties taken as there always are in film, but nothing stood out to me as "oh - they royally screwed that up." Some of my favorite book-to-movie scenes include (to keep it spoiler free I'm giving them all a name that hopefully book readers will well know) - : "The Leap of Faith", "The Ferris Wheel", "Dauntless Training", "The Dauntless Initiation Flight", "His Tattoos", "The Betrayal of Friends", "The Army", and of course "The Final Battle". I can't think of one scene I wished they would've included that they didn't. There are a few additions  than what was in the book but that's to be expected. It certainly doesn't take away from the story line.

I loved it so much I saw it opening weekend and again the following week. 

For those who haven't read the book and have no desire to - GASP! - have no fear! The five factions are explained thoroughly in the beginning and you won't be left wondering what's going on.

 Still a favorite line, spoken by Four: "I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind and honest."

My Final Movie Rating (out of 5 stars) - 5 STARS!!!!
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